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Wednesday’s Card: Birthday Balloons

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Hi All!

Today I tried a new combination of products to get the dimension on the solid stamp balloons. It was really fast and easy. Distress paint, distress markers, and an aqua painter. Well, and I added the touch of white with my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft white pen. This pen is more like paint and it has a thick tip. Add a little water to blend it out and there you have a reflection.

I used my Black Sparkle embossing powder again. I used it most recently on this Love card. I love it on a die cut sentiment to make it shine and stand out.

Hope you enjoy. Have a great week!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Distress markers used: Barn Door and Ripe Persimmon

Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
SSS Birthday Balloons
SSS Happy Birthday Die
SSS Happy Birthday Die
Picked Raspberry Distress Paint
Picked Raspberry Distress Paint
Wild Honey Distress Paint
Wild Honey Distress Paint
Distress Markers, Full Set
Distress Markers
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
White Big Brush Pen
White Stamper’s Big Brush Pen
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Impression Obsession Stripes
Impression Obsession Stripes
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder
Black Sparkle Powder
Simon Says Stamp Black Ink
SSS Black Ink
Stardust Glitter Pen
Stardust Glitter Pen
Sizzix Mylar ShimsSizzix Mylar Shims
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat


  1. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Susan W

    Love how crisp this is….and the tutorial on using the paint and the markers is great! Loved how those balloons came to life!

  2. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 9:31 am


    One of my faves of yours, Darlene! LOVE this awesome card! Your balloons look so real! Brilliant idea to use Distress Paint and Markers together – never would have thought of that – thank you for continuing to inspire me!

  3. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 9:56 am


    So cute! Love how real your balloons come across! Will have to try the Distress paint and markers together also! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Kristie G.

    This is awesome! Love those balloons and the stripes!

  5. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Casey Thrush

    Love it! (as always!!!!)

  6. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Ashley Bradberry

    This card is just amazing; those balloons are so great. I really love that look for a solid stamp like that, I may have to get a distress paint to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

  7. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 10:49 am


    Great card, from the background to those awesome balloons. Love the reflection on them.

  8. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 11:45 am


    Amazing! Your balloons seriously look like they are just popping off the page. Your attention to detail – to go beyond just stamping a solid image and giving them dimension is just incredible. The whole card came together beautifully. Thanks for continuing to share your talent and inspiring me!

  9. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Sharon Hayes

    I love the birthday card. The balloons look real. Thank you for always giving details in your videos. They are so instructive. I liked the entire card….diagonal background lines, embossed die cut Happy Birthday, the balloons, the white panel with the sentiment, and the way you adhered the balloon strings. I appreciate your videos. Thank you.

  10. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Wanda M.

    Another amazing card. The way you used the white pen on those balloons gives them that extra touch you always put into your projects. Love your work, Darlene.

  11. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 1:40 pm


    You are so talented and look forward to your posts every week:) Thanks for sharing a couple new ideas with the distress paints.

  12. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 1:46 pm


    I LOVE love love this card! How did you get to be so great????? Thank you SOOOOOOO much for having this blog and for sharing so many fantastic ideas!! I feel like I am getting FREE college card making classes!!! Thank you Professor Darlene!

  13. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 2:06 pm


    OMG Darlene you card is so amazing as I was watching your video as you were creating your balloons I just was totally mesmerized as I watched them take shape and then when you added your special touch of the light on the balloon I just shook my head in awe of it all. You are really, really, REALLY GOOD!!!!!
    My gosh girl your card is a work of art!!!! I love the way you make your videos you explain everything in such detail and thanks for keeping it real and not editing. YOU ROCK!!!!

  14. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Diana W.

    Darlene – love, love, love this one. I love balloons and now have to get some of that great sparkling embossing powder. I agree with Jennifer – we should call you Professor Darlene!

  15. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 2:10 pm


    Awesome card! Love the colours too. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  16. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Jasmine Patrick

    Just love this card, and thanks for the tutorial on colouring with the distress products, it is a great help as I am a novice, thanks again

  17. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Laura Norris

    Another winner Darlene!! Your balloons are so realistic and I love the diagonal stripes on the background. Thanks for sharing!

  18. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Melissa Friedrich

    I love the vibrant colors against the black and white background and that black sparkle powder, WOW!

  19. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Celeste Goff

    What a super cute card Darlene! I always enjoy watching your techniques and just love the amazing cards you produce! Thank you for sharing with us.

  20. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 5:21 pm


    Stunning card. Love all the elements and techniques.

    I use waxed paper to cut my intricate dies an I am very successful with it.

  21. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Robin in WA

    Beautiful card!!! Could not believe my eyes when you used distress paint with distress markers! Very ingenious! Love the look of the balloons! I actually bought a White Stamper’s brush pen today, so now I too can do that look!!! Thank you for another great video Darlene!

  22. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 6:53 pm


    Love your card! The balloons look 3D!

  23. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 7:02 pm


    Very nice b.d. card! Glad to see how you colored the balloons, adding the shadow and light. Makes such a BIG difference. Love your blog and videos. 😀

  24. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Melissa D

    I love how well the Distress paint covers the clear stamp and didn’t realise that you could use the markers directly on them whilst the paint was still wet. Might have to invest in one of those white markers as I usually use a gel pen but that doesn’t give the blending effect like you have achieved. Nice work!

  25. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Michal Chapman

    Darlene, you are a “cut above” the rest: from your techniques to your designs, from the pics to the quality videos! Thank you for sharing your art with us.

  26. wrote on April 2nd, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Deana McMann

    Darlene, I your cards and talent are awesome. It was nice to see you blend the distress paint and marker to get such great results.

  27. wrote on April 3rd, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Suzanne Watanabe

    Hi Darlene!
    Wow! What a a BEAUTIFUL CARD! I love your card designs and your videos that show how everything came together. The technique you used for the balloons are amazing and realistic….you are so talented! Thank you for the inspiration! Have a great week 🙂

  28. wrote on April 3rd, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Maria A. Rodriguez

    Oh Darlene, this card is just amazing!!!!! I love everything about it, but those balloons are the stars of this video. WOW!! I got to get me some of those Distress Paints, love the fact that you can add details and shading and details while the paint is still wet.
    I’m so late coming here to watch your video, my grandkids and my husband are on Spring Break so I’m busy with all of them all day.
    Thank you for another amazing video Darlene, you are truly an artist.

  29. wrote on April 3rd, 2014 at 4:33 am


    G’day Darlene – that is one seriously rockin’ card!! Love the techniques – the colours, well really the whole card. Thank you SO much for sharing for cards and techniques every Wednesday….they are still a part of my Thursday routine here in Oz!! Hug.

  30. wrote on April 3rd, 2014 at 7:21 am


    Darlene ! I love this ! How lovely and what a nice work (as usual !)
    Thanks for sharing.
    Lots of hugs from France !

  31. wrote on April 3rd, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Carrie Davenport

    This is one of my favorite birthday cards ever!! love your creativity 🙂 the balloons turned out great.

  32. wrote on April 3rd, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Mary Ann Huntington

    I really love the balloons. They look so real.

  33. wrote on April 3rd, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Renee V.

    Fab work Darlene! The balloons look so realistic!

  34. wrote on April 3rd, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Kim S.

    This is just so cute I can’t stand it.

  35. wrote on April 4th, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Kimberly E

    Hi Darlene!! Your card is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. I LOVE your videos and always learn so much from them. Distress paint with clear stamps…GENIUS!! I have the distress paints and now maybe I can use them a little more!! Thanks again. You are so sweet!!!

  36. wrote on April 4th, 2014 at 10:19 am


    Hi Darlene, this is a beautiful card, the ballons look amazing. I have to get one of these white Big Brush Pens. Thanks for the inspiration, Edna

  37. wrote on April 5th, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Hamutal Shafrir

    Beautiful card! I love the colors and the thin black stripes that give such an elegant look. Thank you for another great tutorial.

  38. wrote on April 5th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Loll Thompson

    Great Technique … love the look of the watercolored balloons using the distress paint, marker and white paint. Loll xx

  39. wrote on April 7th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Gloria Taylor

    I loved that u used markers, distress paint on this really cute bday card! Darlene, you always amaze me every week with your awesome creations! I absolutely enjoy all your projects and always look forward to receive your emails, thank you!!

  40. wrote on April 8th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Carol Mc

    Fantastic card. Love those balloons.

  41. wrote on April 8th, 2014 at 5:08 pm


    I love the look of those balloons – so much dimension… i would never have thought to stamp with distress paint…

  42. wrote on April 12th, 2014 at 11:11 am


    Love your card! I’ve never used distressed paints and so glad to see how you used them!

  43. wrote on April 24th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Van Gryebet

    I love this card!

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